Foundation offers pandemic support

Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation (LLRCF) has delivered a £552,719.50 in emergency grants to charities, voluntary groups and community organisations working tirelessly to support people most in need during the coronavirus pandemic. With grants of between £500

and £10,000 awarded to 131 local groups across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, the funds have given a much-needed boost to organisations that are delivering vital aid to vulnerable people in our communities. Delivered through The

Leicestershire and Rutland Coronavirus Support Fund, the grants have helped groups support local people via preparation and delivery of emergency food parcels for the elderly and those shielding; support for mental health and domestic violence issues as a result of the pandemic; providing supplies to foodbanks and advice for those

in financial hardship; and ensuring that essential services can continue remotely. One of the groups to benefit

from the Coronavirus Support Fund is Chamber member Shama Women’s Centre. The charity provides support to women from all backgrounds and ethnicities, and has used the grant of nearly £5,000 to ensure it can continue to provide its bereavement and domestic abuse counselling to vulnerable women remotely during the coronavirus crisis. LLRCF CEO Katy Greensaid: “We

are so grateful to the National Emergencies Trust, and our brilliant local donor families and companies, for enabling us to support so many ‘unsung, unseen’ charitable groups, and the communities they serve. “Quietly and inexpensively, they

help people in need and together, they work to strengthen our local social and economic health and stability.”


The following companies have received funding to help their operations:

Zinthiya Trust has received a grant to provide 200 emergency parcels containing food, toiletries and cleaning products to people in isolation who lack a support network and those with physical and mental health issues.

Age UK Leicestershire and Rutland has received a grant to go towards the purchase of essential provisions for emergency care packages for the elderly. It has reached 6,500 people since March.

Leicester Charity Link is now able to provide emergency response to support individuals throughout Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland already living in financial hardship.

FareShare East Midlands has been awarded £5,000 to provide help towards extra costs to assist in its expanding service to ensure that those most at risk do not fall through the gaps during the pandemic.

Dean Jackson presenting the cheque to NHS Charities Together

HUUB community raises funds for NHS

Derby-based triathlon kit designer HUUB has presented a two-metre-long cheque to University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust. The money was raised for NHS Charities Together through purchases of the brand’s special lockdown cycle jersey and technical performance T-shirts. The company designed and produced the kit to inspire fitness

Hideaway lodge so me&dee is asking for continued support moving forward. Maria continued: “We are looking

forward to picking up our existing business relationships and look for companies to partner with. From charity of the year initiatives to direct debit donations via our Business Club - or purchasing tickets for our annual ball in November - we have plenty of corporate sponsorship opportunities available.”

enthusiasts to continue their regimes, sporting the logo “Better In Than Out” and a rainbow design. All profits from the shirt sales and additional customer donations were pledged to NHS Charities Together and the final tally of £27,500 was presented to the local NHS Trust. Dean Jackson, founder and owner of HUUB, said: “The response to the

new kit from the existing HUUB community and new customers across the UK has been tremendous and I’m delighted with the amount we have managed to donate to NHS Charities Together. “At a time when everyone’s lives were turned upside down, we wanted to

show that, as a business, we were determined not to stand still. We set about designing something for our triathlon, cycling and running communities to keep everyone’s spirits up and to raise money for the NHS. “I hope the kit will become a positive reminder of how we all faced our individual challenges of total lockdown and an appreciation for life as we slowly return to the new normal in the future months.”

VISTA has received a grant that will go towards supporting people with sight loss in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland during the pandemic.

Help the Homeless Leicester has been awarded £5,000 to expand its services to deliver emergency food provisions for those most vulnerable and without cooking facilities.

Leicestershire Cares has received £5,000 to support young women aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

TwentyTwenty has received a grant to create a care package to support vulnerable girls experiencing increasing levels of anxiety or experiencing difficult home situations during lockdown to prepare for the return to school.

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